• Leanne Phillips



This is a short story by Leanne Phillips inspired by the theme women and notions of service.

Author Biography

Leanne Phillips

Leanne Phillips is a writer, editor, and paralegal. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California at Riverside, Palm Desert, and her BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in history from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. “Trees” is a story from her novel in progress, California Is an Earthquake. A version of the story was the Grand Prize Winner in ScreenCraft’s 2023 Cinematic Short Story Competition, and the novel manuscript was the Book Winner in Launch Pad’s 6th Annual Prose Writing Competition. Her work has been published in The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Coachella Review, Kelp Journal, and Persimmon Tree.




How to Cite

Phillips, L. “Trees”. New American Studies Journal: A Forum, vol. 74, Sept. 2023,